I have to say, this is one I've meant to watch for some time. I just love good '70s vampire movies, and this is a pretty good one. The film was shot in the UK , and was Directed by Jose Ramon Larraz and stars Mariane Morris and Anulka (aka Anulka Dziubbinska) as two lesbian vampires, who lure unsuspecting men into their world of freaky sex and bloodlust.
The movie starts quickly, with the two lovers in a torrid, albeit silly tryst in a gothic-looking room, a doorknob turns, and they are gunned down. And off we go! The movie follows three plot lines, the first is a man named Ted (Murray Brown) checking into a hotel. The second, a young couple John and Harriet (Brian Deacon and Sally Faulkner) beginning a camping trip near the old dilapidated castle where the two vampires, Fran and Mariam live out the third plotline.
John and Harriet are driving toward their destination, and spot a woman by the side of the road. Harriet, who is the passenger, also notices a second woman hiding back in the trees a bit. This begins to eat away at her, but John of course poo-poos it, wanting to focus on their camping and trying his hand at fishing the next day. Later, Ted drives by, and picks up the Fran, and like a fly in her web enjoys and evening of wine drinking and wild sex. He awakens to find he has been cut on the arm, and drained of energy. He begins to look for answers…
This movie has a lot of nudity, and it would be easy to dismiss it as a soft-core porno if you don’t stick around past the midway point. In fact, at one point I began keeping score between the sex scenes and the deaths, and sex scenes were winning! Fortunately, I stayed with it, because it really is a creepy, scary movie. Most of the good jumps come toward the end, but the mood is certainly eerie, and doesn’t let up. No comedic relief here (not that there aren’t some unintentionally funny 70s moments).
As far as vampire standards, I wish they had stayed a bit more consistent. The girls seem to be able to stand out in broad daylight most of the time, but at one point, they have to hurry to the wine-cellar because “it’s day”. Also, no fangs. These girls need knives. Their supernatural qualities are only hinted at, and their connection, and others, to the opening scene are vague. On the upside, the deaths of one male and one female victim later are truly terrifying and disturbing. The movie ends pretty strong, and I will definitely watch it again. That being said, at this point, I can’t recommend buying the blu ray. It’s $26.49 on Amazon! I will try to find it on Ebay, however! I would recommend buying it on DVD at around $15, and it is certainly worth streaming on Netflix! But hurry, it’s only available on Netflix until 8/16/2011! I give Vampyres, a 7 out of 10. Enjoy!